About Transforming UT

The Transforming UT initiative was created in 2012 to identify ways to free up reoccurring resources to invest in the University’s core mission of teaching, research, and service. Transforming UT concluded in 2016.


In 2012, The University of Texas at Austin asked a group of 13 alumni and business leaders to examine its administrative structure and operations with the goal of increasing business productivity. This group, known as the Committee on Business Productivity, produced a report in January 2013, Smarter Systems for a Greater UT Adobe PDF, that outlined three areas worthy of further exploration:

  1. Leverage existing assets
  2. Encourage innovation through greater technology commercialization
  3. Reorganize certain transactional administrative functions via a shared services model

The report marked the launch of a multi-year review that included thoughtful, inclusive, and focused campus discussion. Transforming UT was born from this report and included several objectives outlined below.


Asset Utilization
To make better use of our current assets in four ways:

  1. Examined how to make strategic investments, adopt policy changes and make building improvements that are intended to increase conservation of energy.
  2. Examined the possibility of selling excess electricity.
  3. Examined how to efficiently manage campus food services and price with a rational strategy that fits with the overall campus environment recognizing that the principal users are students, staff and faculty.
  4. Examined how to efficiently manage the use of its Main and Pickle Research Campus parking assets and price its use in accord with a rational pricing strategy that recognizes the principal users are students, staff and faculty.

Technology Commercialization
Raised the level of Technology and Commercialization developed on our campus to spur innovation, foster entrepreneurship and generate economic growth in central Texas and across the state.

Administrative Services Transformation
Launched a  shared services pilot for finance, procurement, information technology, human resource, and payroll functions. The pilot concluded in 2016.